The soundtrack of my life- 4/?

Returning to another talk about The Soundtrack of my life project, I will now present you with my thoughts, ideas and any other little adjustments that have been made.

With the song ‘Mr. Blue sky’, I mentioned previously how it kicks up these psychedelic images that have blobs of shape, or even lines that wiggle across? I continued to work with this concept in my book, but I found myself with testing out the lines which I originally thought would appear to look good, if they were to be laid on top of the first layers of colour.

It took a lot of effort at first to try and get the lines just right, but what I found fascinating was the textures the acrylic paint created while it was being pressed against another sheet of paper.

Looking back at it now, the lines remind me of the change in feelings for the song, or they could also reflect the change in the beat during the song. Below,  are the other two examples of the ideas I came up with while listening to the songs over and over. The one on the left is for Mr Blue sky and the right is for Year 3000. I attempted to make subtle hints to the music videos, such as the question mark and the game’s ship, but as I reminiscence on this, the use of circles and other shapes that go along with this really aid the emotions I want to depict, which are: energy, happiness, excitement and the other ones I’ve mentioned before.  Besides, the thought of the songs being energetic, and creating a psychedelic sensation; the word ‘retro’ registered with me, this may be due to the fact that in Year 3000’s music video by Busted, it starts off with an old game screen and with this thought in mind, I looked in to poster designers who used pixels.








So far, these two posters are portraying what I want them to, nonetheless I continued to take this further by drawing these again, but on A4 paper outside of my sketchbook. I always enjoy working on these kinds of pieces of work outside of the sketchbooks, as it helps me to develop different ways of presenting them.

Acrylic and drawing ink. I drew out the Mr Blue sky  idea out, it was going all swell until I was met with how I was going to test the mediums out on the page. The ink was terrible. It was utterly useless as the darker tones were always so lousy at blending with the brighter colours; I was disappointed. It was also a rush job. I used a large, flat brush for this and I couldn’t get the separate sections, also when I placed the paint down, the lines from the betrol finetip pen kept showing all the way through.

Brooding over how this was such a horrible test and what a big mess it was, I recalled another method, which was the linograph way? well, I’m not sure on what it was called, but it involves a little thing called ‘Masking tape’. It was an easier process as I was able to section off neatly the lines I wanted and got the first few tones of colour in place.

Testing it, I was ecstatic with the results! I even went as far as to test out the different kinds of patterns I could do with it and another thing I was quite fond of was the way the paint creates a bumpy layer, so it’ll help encourage the idea of a poster having a touchable surface, perhaps? Once again, I had to consider the song Mr. Blue sky, this emphasised an array of blue tones to lighter, more bolder ones, such as yellow.

Sara mentioned that the blank spaces involved were a nice aspect to it, and now that I look at it, I agree. It exaggerates that feeling of change with in the emotions and the music being played.

I’m planning on continuing this process, but in a larger scale to see how far I can go with these.


100 briefs in a day.

A new project from two weeks back, that was completed with in a day.  It wasn’t just ONE project, but one hundred wrapped all in to one. From the task, there were a few things that I’ve learnt  and it just so happens that one of the things were that I could complete all of the 100 briefs in a day with in two minutes. At first, I thought Sara was pulling our leg and yet, it turned out that she wasn’t. I was pretty glad that I did get a lot of sleep the night before because I didn’t think that I would’ve had enough energy, if I hadn’t.

Going through all of the pencil drawings and notes I have with in this topic, I’ve pulled out a few of my favourite outcomes, as they seem to be the stronger ones. Though, they may not be as clear to anyone else compared to how I see them. They were scrawled down pretty quickly, due to the time limit.

Imagine a man with red socks, think of the rest of him, what is his job, dog, newspaper etc. What does he love and hate?

Taking the brief literally, I drew out a news editor, reading a newspaper while eating a hot dog with his hat on.  It would’ve been better if I had concentrated a little more on this one, and came up with something else.

Design an epitaph (what is written on his or her gravestone) for an agnostic (some one not sure of the existence of God).

It was indeed a tough one, but in the last couple of seconds, I was able to write down one. To be honest, I’m not sure if I answered this correctly. When I approached this question, it reminded me of the witty, little writings that appear on the gravestones with in the game ‘Fable the Lost chapters’, these are located in Oakvale and for example, “D.Carter, ever unconvinced there is life before death.”. I adore those kind of statements or notes that display on the tombstones with in this particular game series; more of them can be seen here:

If a book is a container of words, what is a container of ideas? Draw it.

I chose this particular one, as this was the first idea that came to my head. A brain can be seen as a container that stores many thoughts, data and ideas. I was able to finish this in under two minutes, and I’m quite fond of this one; it’s simple and it gets the idea of the brain being a way of storing things.


Scanning it in, I uploaded it in to Photoshop and started to adjust the brightness and contrast levels, until I obtained a nice, clean sketch and started to add a bit of colour. I wanted to give more more life to the image.


If I were to re-do this, I would tidy up the colour a little, so it’s neater.

Over all, the 100 briefs project was pretty fun, it got my brain going and I feel that it’s a great starter for when you want to get some more ideas down, or get better ideas that aren’t the typical and obvious kind.


Zines. Zines. Zines.

Returning to this project again, the class broke up in to groups of 12.. or well, our group had about 10 or 11… actually, I’m not too sure on that. I’m not getting too in to that, or why it was like that…

The Zine project, I would have to say has been one of the most relaxing and exciting rotations so far, besides the Poster and Mark making project. It was engaging, challenging and I have picked up so many techniques from it. It’s taught me that I need to think more about a certain issue or subject, in order to depict it in one image or a line of text. I also have an inkling that I may want to come back to creating zines again in future, as we’re now on another new project to do with Music, I had so many ideas for songs that I wanted to work on, but I only had three to choose from.

As for the group task, it was to get our filler pages together in order to create one big Zine. It was quite a difficult trying to get everyone together, so we could discuss it. I need to come clean about this, it has been bothering me as I brood about it, but I think if we co-ordinated a little more as a group, discussed it and made a better plan, it wouldn’t take so long to get such a simple thing completed. I told myself that in my head repeatedly. On the other hand, the task wasn’t so simple as it seemed, as everyone’s zine page was very unique in their own way, there were some in colour, some in black and white, photographic and even hand drawn. They had to slot in together, otherwise it wouldn’t make such a successful zine.

We laid out our pages on the table; carefully we began to move each page around in an order to see if it would fit. Took a while, but we got there. Eventually. It would’ve been nice to see the final thing all together though. That was the only disappointment.

Over all,  it’s so nice to have a group task again, it’s been a while since we had one and I wouldn’t of mind re-doing the zine page again in future, or possibly continuing it or even linking it in to our current poster project.

Drawing week– If buildings could talk.

First week back and we’re now set with our final week of rotations, and this week just happens to be drawing week. Drawing week you say? Yes, I had discussed this previously with in the mark making week, but it’s completely different this time. For the first task given, we were all asked to go off and search for places with in the building to document. It sounds like a simple task at first, but it wasn’t. I thought this at first and yet, I took a while trying to figure out where to start. The building is HUGE and there are various places, where I haven’t been before, so I thought about going right to the top of the building first: The roof.

I don’t often see many go up there which left me pondering, what was up there? more rooms? doors?

There were some things I had to once again think about–

  • Time management
  • How am I going to document the place?
  • Presentation?
  • What mediums will I use, if I’m documenting this by hand?

As I made my way there, I felt a chill. It wasn’t cold or anything up there, but the atmosphere was nerve wrecking. It seemed as there was someone else there, but I couldn’t see anyone there. There could’ve of been a ‘presence’, but that was the least of my worry at the time, though I could capture that feeling in my drawings.  I decided I would take a couple of snaps and then work on the drawings on paper in the class room instead; after that was done, I used some thick, coloured chalks to capture some of the colour schemes that were on the walls.

It’s quite a useful place on that particular floor, due to the different things you could scrawl down, such as the odd angles on the stair case, or the paint and plaster that’s peeling off of the wall.

Once I was done, I went to each floor and took more photos, but they didn’t match up to how great this place was. Going back to the classroom, that was when I recalled the empty room inside our classroom, that rarely anyone would go in to. I understood why once I went in there.

It had a very eerie feeling inside; it was freezing. Taking another photo of the room, but this time in different angles, I exited.








It would’ve been such a nice idea to go back in that room, though, I didn’t want to go back in there again until I had to get on to the final task.

What stood out to me during this experience was the emotion of feeling nervous, scared and aware of what was around me. Using chalks, I tried to grasp this by roughly testing out the different patters or marks found. It was pretty tricky at first, but I began to get a hang of it.

Inputting the right marks or at least trying to get down those markings was a pain. I could’ve done better, if I was observing the space more and made my marks on the paper while looking at the surface.

Next task was to use 5 different mark making ways to draw five different places.

Observing what I’ve done so far, I strongly believe that the top image was the stronger piece. The use of ink can be used to communicate the amount of space in the room; it could also indicate the blankness and strange, cold feeling you get once you enter it. It would’ve been good, if I could of tried doing the same thing as I did here, but reverse the black to where the white is.

But heading on, I continued the project by creating a poster to reflect on what the room may say if it’s given a chance.

Blankness… emptiness… white space… hardly anyone enters it…

I thought about focusing on this idea of emptiness and that, the fact that nobody goes there.

I began to draft out the composition of the room with masking tape, this was in preparation for the ink, since the ink was so effective the last time, I decided to take it further.




Visual ideas

Following a brief I was given, I was able to answer five of the questions given:

  1. How do ideas become visual? Through thought and seeing it. Ideas can always come to our mind through thought and visuals. Others can give communicated ideas as well.

Using my pen and pencil, I marked out a draft. We can see visually with our eyes and the ideas form in our minds. I thought I would try and play around with this idea in a similar way to how I did with the fanzine.

2. How do they communicate with us? Through media, publication and other ways of communication based art- Newspapers, posters, art pieces and TVs etc.

3. What do we take for granted? Everything. We also take TOO MUCH for granted.

4. Who can make design? Everyone and anyone who wants to make a design.

5. How do emotions take shape? Gradually.

Critical Thinking rotation– 1/2

Starting of the week, I was placed in to group B and this was our chance to do some Critical thinking. In my opinion, when approaching this subject, I always make the assumption that critical thinking allows us to ask our selves questions on the things we do or what has been presented. Asking ourselves questions, such as ‘Why’, ‘How’, ‘What’ and ‘When’. It goes much further than this; we have to always consider including the special three W’s and the H words, though, we need to take it to other places. You have to put in a lot of thought in to the production, progress and reflect.

As an illustrator, I often find myself thinking about whether or not does my image strongly reflect what I want to get across or does the stories I write make any sense to other people? what can I do to grasp their attention?

Being given the last task, as I was not in on the Monday of that week; the task was to create two pages for the Zine– The center page and the front page. I also had to select one pillar from the following subjects: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Ethics, Logic, Metaphysics and Politics.

I was tempted to go with Politics, as my family discuss it quite a bit. I’m usually sat in my chair in the middle of it, just nodding my head and pretending that I understand every single word my sibling and father have to say. Then again, I gave the decision more thought and went with ethics. Ethics usually fit in to morality and what’s right and wrong. I found this amusing because this reminds me of the subject I chose to do for my poster project, so I had some ideas already for what I could do.

What I’ve started to do in my sketchbook is, I’ve begun to break down what Ethics is and what examples could be given from it. I also began to draw quick thumbnail ideas for the front cover, which will be based on the title ‘Thinking it and saying it’. By being playful with the words ‘thinking’ and ‘saying’; the first two images that came to mind were a head and a mouth. The head contains the brain/mind which is thinking so many things, while speech comes out of your mouth.

Another page used for some ideas or quotes I’ve come up with. I wanted to try and narrow my ethic subject to be based on the saying ‘It’s not the end of the world’ because I always find that I tend to over worry about things not going the way it should, or that there’s no going back to undo or redo it, but that’s all wrong. There’s always time, there’s always a way of mending your mistakes.

I will discuss this subject further in my next post. That will be posted up tomorrow.